Fun to learn new skills

By UTE SCHULENBERG

WATCH out world, the Bowra Girls Camera Crew is trained up and ready to make a video about you.

The Crew is a group of nine Bowraville girls, aged between 12 and 16, who have spent the last four weeks doing an intensive course in video production skills.

The results of their commitment and creativity, their first film clip, will be launched at a free community event at the Bowraville Theatre tonight at 6pm.

Tutor, Lisa Milner, said the girls had learnt an amazing amount of skills in a short time.

"The course has really engaged the girls, who have been learning a whole range of life skills, as well as video production skills," Ms Milner said.

She said the footage the girls were coming up with was great and they were generating all their own ideas and stories.

Crew member, Kara McGrady, said initially she was nervous and didn't want to do the course.

"But I'm glad now ? it was fun, and otherwise I would have been bored," Kara said.

Ms Milner said by its nature, the process of filmmaking meant everyone was engaged at different stages in different ways.

"Some of the girls liked doing the titles, others enjoyed filming and some wanted to be in front of the camera," she said.

"The girls unconsciously slotted into roles to suit their own likings and skills.

"From there we tried to get them to be a bit adventurous and try out other roles."

She said the Crew was planning to stay together and already had a job booked ? to make a pilates video for instructional pur- poses.

Today the girls are busy preparing food for tonight's launch. Their aim is to raise enough money to buy a camera so the Crew can keep going.

The project was funded by the Miimi Mothers Aboriginal Corporation through the Federal Government.



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